And the Countdown Begins

And the countdown begins. Twenty-two days from now we will board a plane in Greenville, SC, fly over the Atlantic, spend the night in Germany,  and finally arrive in Timisoara, Romania on August 18. After collecting our bags, clearing customs and a 40 minute drive to Lugoj, we’ll be able to fall into bed (if the toddlers say so) and hopefully be a little rested for the whirlwind of activities that will accompany our getting settled into the country before Pastor Howerton leaves for the States in mid-September.

The checklist includes but is not limited to, securing visas, setting up language lessons, finding housing, moving into that housing, hopefully recruiting a few musicians for the church, assuring the brothers and sisters at Bereea that Pastor Howerton and Joshua are on the same team, praying for a smooth transition, learning the ropes of the ministries Pastor Howerton wants us to maintain, finding the children a preschool program, teaching me to drive a stick-shift, learning how and where to pay bills (you can’t just mail a check in), and many, many other things.

The checklist for the next three week seems even more daunting, and I’ve  broken down into tears more than once as we try to sort through what to take, what to store, what to ship if we ship etc, and see friends and family for the last time for a long time. In the midst of the whirlwind of activity, the Lord has been such a faithful shepherd supplying both physically and spiritually. On the physical side of things He sent Jessica, Joshua’s sister to be with us for the next nine months primarily to free me up for language study, but she’s already been such a blessing and help as we start to transition. And He’s provided above and beyond what we expected for our outgoing expenses. We are so grateful for the financial gifts from both friends and anonymous donors that keep rolling in. It’s hard to plan financially as the dollar seems to shift in value daily. What a comfort it is to know that God knows ahead of time exactly what we need and that He, as our heavenly Father, fully intends to care and provide for us.

Spiritually, the Lord has recently made His word come alive with encouragement and promises. Two Sundays ago the message was on Joshua 1:8-9 where God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous, not fearful or dismayed as He faces the giants and walled cities of Canaan. And the reason for this command is found earlier in the chapter. God has promised success for those following His clear will as outlined in His Word. How my fearful and dismayed heart needed this reminder. God is so faithful.

Please continue to pray for  us. We need your prayers and are so grateful for your ministry to us in this way.

Laurel Louk


6 thoughts on “And the Countdown Begins

  1. I’m really praying for you…was in your shoes 10 years ago with a one and two year old :-)!! I know it is tough! We are so excited to have team mates!

    • Praying for you. Praying for your family. Good byes are difficult even though you know this is where God has called your children. Letting go and Letting God – sounds simple but very hard for parents. So praying for the Moms and Dads and Grandparents as they let thier precious children and grandchildren go and minister in another country. However, let me say, the blessings outweight the hard part. Seeing God use my children and what He is allowing them to do in Romania brings tears of joy to my eyes. My heart and prayers are with you as you leave what you are used to and go to the place God has called you. I know it will be such a blessing to Joyce and Baron to have some co workers on their team and some fellowship. Love and Prayers Sally McAttee

  2. Great to hear that you are coming over at last!!! I didn’t even know that you had raised all of your support and were making plans to come. We will have been here for two years soon. We had a very fruitful summer ministry. We are taking a tour of the country next week and will be in Timisoara on August 11, too bad we’ll miss eachother. If you have questions about Romania or language or any of that other stuff feel free to ask! God will be with you I am sure so even though your task list and learning list seems huge, he’ll work out the details. Hope everything goes smoothly!
    Love and prayers from Mark & Rebecca in Bucuresti Romania!

  3. Praying for you guys. I know you may not remember me from BJU, but I was doing some research on Romania and Moldova one day and stumbled onto your blog. It’s been great reading your posts. Perhaps we will meet up once we get to Moldova! 🙂

  4. DOMNUL sa binecuvanteze calatoria voastra spre ROMANIA,spre LUGOJ.
    Ne rugam pentru voi,SOPHIA si STEFAN BUSE.
    GOD bless you all!

  5. Best wishes to you, Laurel and Joshua! It is admirable that you have such a courage as to embark on a foreign country to work for unfortunate children. Wish you all the best and let me know if I could do anything for you.

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